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© Ecke Bonk<br/>    Picture: Jens Bruchhaus, Munich<br />

Ecke Bonk

Born 1953 in Cairo, Egypt
Lives and works in Karlsruhe and Fontainebleau

typosophic blackboard, 1999/2000

Formica on beech plywood
200 x 100 cm

In the late 1980s, Ecke Bonk founded the "typosophic society". Bonk associates the "typosophic" concept with his interest in the aesthetics of information, mainly in terms of characters, with the search for the common epistemological roots of art and science. In 1997, together with Richard Hamilton, he created the "typosophic pavilion" project for documenta X.

Ecke Bonk's typosophic blackboard is empty, blank. One is reminded of the symbolism of the tabula rasa, an empty table, which in ancient times was a metaphor for the soul as a place of knowledge. Later, in the course of the Enlightenment, it came to stand for human reason. Bonk's blackboard calls upon its viewers to fill this void with signs and ciphers, and to convey a form.

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